At the young age of 10 my dad was working for Air Canada in Ontario, and he got transferred to Vancouver. I spent my early years surrounded by mountains, ocean and forests. I joined the Boy Scouts where I was introduced to hiking and camping. My first overnight was winter camping with the Boy Scouts in North Vancouver, which was a bit of an eye opener to survival of the elements. Later on, I have fond memories of canoe trips in my youth in Algonquin Park with my father.
As a father myself now, I introduced my two daughters to hiking and camping. We proudly wear our End to End Badges having completed the Bruce Trail in its entirely, all 880 kms, which we undertook over several years with other families.
With nature as my epicenter, I am still actively hiking. My friend Peter Wiinholt, a high school teacher and wilderness guru, put a call out to help out with his scout group – the Phoenix Explorers.
I am excited to be joining Peter and the Phoenix Explorers to the Southwest on an Epic four week driving trip this coming August.
To prepare for this upcoming trip, we engaged on a 3 day camping trip up to Cypress Lake , Ontario, where we explored the Bruce Trail, and worked out the camping cobwebs.
Here are a few photos from that trip.
Stay tuned for more adventures with the Phoenix Explorer Group.